How to Save Money on Energy This Summer
A lot of our time and energy goes into "keeping the cool" in the summers. For people who live in particularly hot areas, it becomes important to have alternatives to air conditioners - something that can help they keep their homes and living spaces naturally cool.
Plant Trees, Bushes
Not rocket science, right? Well it may as well be considering we give so little importance to either. Whether it is in our homes or outside, we need to ensure we plant at least 10 plants per year. Considering that we consume the equivalent of several times that number every single week, it isn't asking for much, isn't it. It is a simple, fun way of saying to the environment, "I love you too"!
Inculcating a routine of plating and/or taking care of a tree can make your family bonds stronger, and will teach your children the importance of environment an plants.
Invest in Insulation
It is a wise idea to invest in insulation of your home space, especially during harsh winters and summers.
Windows insulators, quite literally help you "keep the heat outside". Available on Amazon, ebay or any nearby supermarket, you can just insulate your windows and keep the direct sunlight away. It is a nice, relatively hassle-free way of keeping your home cool and your energy bill way down.
A good brand like the Duck Brand is easily available over the internet. Amazon even runs offers every couple of days. Window insulation can either be a DIY project if you are handy but if you are not so much handy, you may want to call in a professional who can also help you with other home insulation jobs like putting up storm windows.
Install Storm Windows
Installing storm windows saves the windows and interiors not only during storms, they also give us the additional benefit of increased energy efficiency and additional insulation.
Increased Energy Efficiency
By reducing the infiltration of outside air, storm windows help in maintaining the desired temperature while also helping your HVAC unit spend less energy.
The additional air space trapped in the regular windows and storm windows provides an extra layer or insulation which helps keep the house cooler during summers.
Seal Small Holes
While this may seem like a no-brainer, it is often ignored and one of the last measures taken by people. This can be done by using Plaster of Paris, some cement or some old fashioned plastic or thermocol.
Buy a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are a great piece of equipment to have when you are looking towards having a comfortably cool summer.
A programmable thermostat goes a long way in ensuring you are cool as well as energy efficient. Using a 5-2 day system can help you set it up differently for weekdays and weekends. It is estimated that in ideal conditions and when used as directed, a programmable thermostat can help you save 33% of your energy bill. Just set it up so as to adjust the temperature before you leave your home or go to sleep. That way your HVAC equipment work less when you don't necessarily need to cool your place. When you wake up or return from office/errands, you will find the place comfortably cool. The Honeywell RTH2300B1012/A 5-2 Day Programmable Thermostat is a great choice and one that I personally use. Honeywell is a brand name of worldwide repute and its product outlive their guarantee by a big margin. Of course the support from the company is awesome.
Energy Efficient Appliances
It pays to buy and use energy efficient appliances. While you may end up paying much more for a 5 star AC, you save the money and then some by the way of electricity bills. Some states like Texas even give tax breaks on purchases of energy efficient devices. The energy star logo is a clear indication of highly energy efficient devices. A 5 star rating indicates highly energy efficient device. A lower rating corresponds to lower energy efficiency.
All reputed appliance manufactures give a clear indication of the energy efficiency rating of their devices. While buying any electric or electronic equipment it is a good idea to keep the energy star rating in mind.
The Energy Star logo may be found on clothes washers and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers and room air conditioners. An appliance receives the Energy Star rating if it is significantly more energy efficient than the minimum government standards, as determined by standard testing procedures.
Duh, right? Not so much. Money conservation is an important aspect of keeping our world cool. It makes no sense to keep your home cool while you flush out toxins from your electric appliances and waste water by the gallons.
Use low electricity consuming devices life fans and LED lights
Of course ACs are needed by everyone during the summers. But it would be a huge favor to the environment if we could learn to use the AC less and the fans more. Admit it, sometimes you can just live without the ACs but we are so indulgent in our ways that we just have to be in the most comfortable state all of the time. Bulbs too guzzle a lot of energy if they aren't of the right kind.
Moderate Phantom Loads
Do you know that 14% of the energy load comes from phantom loads? The devices that are switched off or not in use yet continue to draw power in small amounts are known as phantom loads. These phantom loads can be reduced by switching off or unplugging the devices which are causing this.